While Twist has the silhouette of a traditional pendant lamp, it was designed with the intention of altering quality of light with a simple, physical action. The rotation of a discrete, wooden knob causes the form to swell or deflate, controlling the amount of light allowed to escape.
The lamp's shade is made from strips of thin polypropylene, ideal for its flexibility, translucency, and durability, while the canopy and handle are turned from ash. The structure as well as decorative elements throughout the piece are constructed from aluminum for its light weight. A touch of color is added with a teal thread which holds the plastic strips in place.
Many rounds of models and prototypes were developed in search of the right mechanism to manipulate the intensity of light along with experimentation with a variety of materials ranging from paper to vinyl window blinds. Although not every iteration and mechanism was successful, each step in the process was invaluable.
As the mechanisms behind Twist's movement were resolved, an exploration of function took place. In what form would the light's features be most desired and utilized?